Four members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter were recognized for their work in agriculture research during the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville. In the National FFA Agrisicence Fair, Audrey Hoey and David Glass received third place honors and a gold rating in the senior team division of the food science and technology category for their research involving anthocyanin levels in blueberries. Sophomore member Nathanael Freeman was awarded second place honors and a gold rating for his research involving alternative methods for power systems. Sophomore Mariah Cox received a silver rating for her research on producing plastics from potato starch. In the national FFA proficiency award competition, graduate member Audrey Hoey received runner-up honors in the area of Food Science and Technology. The proficiency awards are based on the skills and competencies a student has developed through their supervised agriculture experience (SAE) program. All four members enjoyed the experience of being national finalists in their award areas and the honor of standing on the stage during the National FFA Convention. They also gained valuable experience in networking and interviewing during the awards luncheon and judging process. All four members have goals of competing for future awards in the National FFA competitions in the future.
The following are Zane Trace FFA Members who competed at and did well at the 2013 National FFA Convention.